Melrose High star bound for WNBA
Even as a senior at Melrose High, in 2007, Shey Peddy was pretty clear in her vision.
“She told me that she wanted to play professional ball,’’ recalled Rob Ferrante, the girls’ basketball coach at Melrose.
From Mission Hill to Melrose High, then Wright State, and finally, the last two seasons, a starring role at Temple University, the 5-foot-7 guard was projected as the 38th pick in the WNBA Draft earlier this month.
Her agent, though, felt she could go higher.Much higher.
With the 23d overall pick, and 11th in the second round, the Chicago Sky selected Peddy, leaving the Atlantic-10 Conference’s Player of the Year sporting a grin from “ear to ear.’’
“We’re all really happy for her,’’ said Temple coach Tonya Cardoza, a Roxbury native. “I’ve watched how hard she’s worked over the last couple of years and watched her grow. I know how much she wanted this.
“It’s a great opportunity for her and her family. Chicago is a great organization and PokeyChatman is a great coach. Pokey is all about work ethic and will bring out the most in Shey.’’
Peddy boosted her WNBA stock with a huge senior season at Temple. She led the Atlantic-10 in scoring (17.6 points per game) and ranked second in steals (3.1 per game). She also hit 77 treys, a single-season record at Temple. Yet, she was especially proud of her defense.
Chatman “called me the night of the draft and told me they had been watching me and loved the way I played defense yet at the same time had the capability to put up big offensive numbers,’’ said Peddy, who poured in 1,899 points in two years at Temple, but was also voted the A-10’s Defensive Player of the Year.
“It made me feel good that I impressed her with both my defense and offense. She told me to work hard, stay confident, and in shape. I’m not guaranteed a spot on the roster, I still have to make it, but I’m going to work hard and fight for a spot. I have to be hungry and hopefully I’ll show them enough to want to keep me.’’
Chicago had traded its first-round pick to Seattle in exchange for former Connecticut star Swin Cash and Le’coe Willingham of Auburn, leaving it with the 23d and 27th picks in the second round. Texas A&M guard Sydney Carter was Chicago’s second choice.
“I feel we were able to get a couple of quality players with our picks,’’ said Chatman. “Shey’s dominated both sides of the ball. She plays defense and offense. The bonus for me is that both come from very good programs and have received top-notch coaching, which will benefit their transition to this level.’’
The Sky were scheduled to open training camp Sunday before tapping off their season on May 10 at Washington.
Peddy’s circuitous route to the WNBA went from Roxbury to Melrose, where she was enrolled as a Metco student from 2004 to 2007. Her senior season, she averaged 21 points, 9.1 assists, 8 steals, 7.3 rebounds, and 3 blocks and was a member of the Globe’s Super Team. She still holds the all-time career scoring record at Melrose, boys and girls, with 1,614 points.
Ferrante remembers a player who put in long days and nights to eventually realize her dream.
“Some nights she was getting home after 10 and that was after getting on a bus at 6 that morning,’’ he said. “Just a great success story as far as Metco goes. She acquired great friendships and it wasn’t uncommon for her to spend nights at a teammate’s home.
“She had such command of the game back then, rarely turned the ball over, and had great ball-handling skills. Great anticipation. Yet so many things had to go right for her to get to where she is today.’’
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